Beautification is all about keeping the physical environment of Yaletown in great shape to ensure that the area is the best place in Vancouver to work, trade and visit.
In 2011, the Yaletown BIA launched the Heritage Street Furniture Project to commemorate the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary. Utilizing large heritage beams that were recovered from demolition in the Yaletown heritage district, new public art and street furniture is being commissioned for the area to reflect Yaletown’s historic beginnings.
Artists fabricated the street furniture from this reclaimed lumber to showcase the massive size of timber used in this heritage warehouse district. Furthermore, Yaletown’s railway heritage (as the western-most terminus of the CPR and the National Dream) is highlighted in the design of the elements. The incorporation of materials including railway tracks as part of the bench legs, as well as railway spikes, give a visual cue to the neighbourhood’s origins.
Take a stroll down Mainland Street and you’ll discover Chapel Benches, locally designed and manufactured by Wiens Studios. Other benches were designed by Brent Comber Originals Inc and the City of Vancouver Engineering Services.
YALETOWN CLEAN TEAM
The Yaletown Clean Team (with Coast Mental Health) are on the streets of Yaletown weekly throughout the year to tidy up around the planters and pick up litter in the area.
If there’s a mess on the streets, please report the issue to the City of Vancouver at 3-1-1.
Also, contact the Yaletown BIA at (604) 683-7473 during business hours and we will do the best to accommodate a cleanup request within two business days.
Since the Yaletown BIA began in 1999, the street banners program has expanded to cover the entire BIA area.
The street banner program includes neighbourhood identification banners (velvet red Yaletown banners seen throughout the area), holiday banners for CandyTown in the winter and Taste of Yaletown event banners.
In celebration of the BIA’s 20-year in 2019, the BIA invited its members to celebrate their 20+ years in Yaletown – some business being in the neighbourhood for 50 years.
As part of the winter festivities, Yaletown is always searching for fun ways to brighten the neighbourhood during the dark and cold evenings of the winter solstice. Locals and visitors will be able to see Bill Curtis Square and some buildings decorated in bright lights.
Since 2018, the Yaletown BIA (in partnership with Easy Park) installed a “Suspend” in the public plaza to showcase different types of 3-D light installations to brighten the space during the summer, and lights during the winter/fall.
It has become one of the neighbourhood’s top-visited site for both locals and visitors to take pictures/videos, and relax under the installations during the day.
Types of installations included: rainbow umbrellas (2018), Halloween Calaveras (2019), cherry blossom umbrellas (2019), Pride Kites (2019), “Wish You Were Here” Yellow ribbons and umbrellas (2020), and many more to come.
In the summer of 2020, the Yaletown BIA partnered up with a few local Vancouver artists to help brighten up the neighbourhood with engaging and meaningful art on the staircases and raise walkway (loading docks) during the COVID-19 pandemic – when physical distancing and quarantining at home to stay safe was highly recommended by all levels of government officials.